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The 8 Best Hotels in Union Square, San Francisco

The Clift Royal Sonesta

For those who want to be in the thick of it, then pick a hotel near Union Square. Surrounded by some of San Francisco's best shops (a lot of designer outlets) and a number of theatres, plus you're just a skip and a jump from Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. With this being such a focal point of the city many hotels have sprung up here over the years - some, well, better than others! This is where our hotel experts have stepped in. Looking for a hotel that serves up some mean cocktails? Or would you rather a chic boutique? Our Hotel Gurus have got you covered. So why not scan through our list of the best hotels in Union Square, San Francisco, to start planning your trip?

For a boutique

The Inn at Union Square

  • The Inn at Union Square has the feeling of staying in a home, albeit a very smart one. The 30 rooms are designed with a contemporary spin on traditional design. The perfect city crashpad with a laidback vibe and central location.
  • Hotel Triton is a chic boutique stay designed with hygge in mind. Rooms are contemporary yet homely. Downstairs is a superb French bistro and gelato bar which make this a very alluring choice!

For foodies

Hotel Nikko

  • Hotel G is a smart boutique stay with design comprising of that heady mix of perfectly crafted old and new. The sleek small plate seafood restaurant, Ayala, has made this (unsurprisingly) somewhat of a foodie destination.
  • Hotel Nikko is a sleek contemporary hotel with subtle Asian touches to the design. A large indoor pool, sauna, and steam room give this a luxury feel. However the Japanese-Californian restaurant ANZU really draws the crowds for its innovative cuisine and superb wine list.
  • For Michelin starred dining pick the Taj Campton Place. Feast on exceptional Mediterranean inspired cuisine in the grand dining room. With spot on service and elegant interiors, this is a special stay.

For a landmark hotel

The Clift Royal Sonesta

  • The Clift Royal Sonesta is an historical hotel and something of a San Franciscan institution. Housed in a building dating from 1916, the interiors have been renovated creating smart luxury rooms. The wood panelled Redwood Room Bar is a popular and elegant spot for a cocktail.

For a lively stay

The Zepplin

  • The Zeppelin is a stylish hotel just a stroll from Union Square. Complete with a games room and featuring regular live music events and an atmospheric bar - this is a great evening destination.
  • At Hotel Emblem the sangria on arrival sets the tone for this hip hotel. Rooms feature sink-into beds, large artworks and luxury bathrooms. The bar and games room downstairs give this hotel a convivial vibe.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Consider our Guru’s list of the best hotels in San Francisco.
  • Widen your search to include our pick of places to stay in nearby Sausalito or all our recommendations across California.
  • Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • The Inn at Union Square San Francisco (Union Square) 30 rooms from £280

      Local exploring  -  Set just off Union Square this property is right in the heart of the city and surrounded by shops, restaurants, and galleries
      City Style  -  A small hotel with chic design that offers a contemporary take on period style
      Sights nearby  -  Head to nearby Chinatown and take a snap by the iconic Dragon's Gate
      Boutique
      Disabled accessParkingNo pets

      A chic 30-room hotel set just off Union Square. Smart rooms have a fresh and modern feel but the design is traditionally inspired. Pick a suite for a writing desk and charming lounge area. Breakfasts are served and the city's sights are just a stroll away. See More

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    • Hotel G San Francisco (Union Square) 153 rooms from £152

      Foodies  -  The sleek small plate seafood restaurant, Ayala, has made this somewhat of a foodie destination
      Local exploring  -  Situated just one block from Union Square, this is a perfectly central location
      Local markets  -  Head to Fisherman's Wharf and wander through the seafront market
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Air conditioningRestaurantNo pets

      A boutique property occupying a central spot near Union Square. Chic rooms feature well-selected antique-style furniture set in a simple whitewashed space. The seafood restaurant Ayala is a real high point with innovative small plate dining. A stylish and central base. See More

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    • Hotel Nikko San Francisco (Union Square) 510 rooms from £210

      Local exploring  -  Well situated in the heart of the city (about three blocks from Union Square) and surrounded by restaurants, museums, and shops
      Foodies  -  ANZU restaurant serves up excellent Californian-style Japanese cuisine alongside fabulous cocktails and a broad wine list
      Sights nearby  -  Hop on the train and whizz down to Golden Gate Bridge to view the iconic structure
      Local markets  -  The kitchy market at Fisherman's Wharf is a fun place to spend an afternoon
      RestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

      Located just a few blocks from Union Square, this is a central hotel with sleek modern design. Spacious rooms have touches of Japanese-inspired style and lend fabulous city views from the floor to ceiling windows. The innovative Japanese restaurant is a real must (as is sampling one of their wines). See More

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    • The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco (California) 372 rooms from £187

      Surfing  -  Ocean Beach is where to catch the waves whether surfing or kite surfing.
      Sights nearby  -  Golden Gate Park and with views of the famous Gold Gate Bridge.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyViewsParking
      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      Historical landmark hotel renovated to modern luxury with art and furniture being a big feature. Rooms are bright, with great views of the San Francisco skyline. The popular Redwood Room bar is lively. Location next to Union Square and city delights is on point. See More

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    • The Zeppelin San Francisco (Union Square) 196 rooms from £161

      Local exploring  -  Just one block from Union Square, there are restaurants, shops, and museums within walking distance
      Lively  -  With regular live music events and an atmospheric bar - this is a great evening destination
      Restaurant  -  Rambler offers modern Californian cuisine
      Boutique
      Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

      A stylish hotel located just one block from Union Square. Modern rooms are designed with atmospheric moody hues, contemporary art, and plush beds. Downstairs is a well-equipped games room and a trendy restaurant and bar where guests dine in leather-clad booths. A chic central stay. See More

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    • Hotel Emblem San Francisco (Union Square) 96 rooms from £181

      Local exploring  -  Located just two blocks from Union Square with great transport links across the city and a host of entertainment on its doorstep
      Boutique  -  A stylish boutique with a retro-styled bar and cool modern design complete with large contemporary art works
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Air conditioningPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

      A stylish hotel with a very central location, just two blocks from Union Square. The sangria on arrival sets the tone for this hip hotel. Rooms feature sink-into beds, large artworks and luxury bathrooms. The bar and games room downstairs give this hotel a convivial vibe. See More

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    • Taj Campton Place San Francisco (Union Square) 111 rooms from £200

      City Style  -  In a historic building that has been modernized and with a Michelin Star-rated restaurant, explore San Francisco in style.
      Local exploring  -  Minutes from Union Square and less than 2 miles from Fisherman's Wharf and Bay Bridge, it is ideally located.
      Foodies  -  The Michelin star-rated restaurant draws queues of foodies from all over the city.
      Restaurant  -  Campton Place Restaurant is Michelin Star-rated and serves Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine.
      SpaRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access
      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      Sleek hotel with ideal location on Union Square. The elegant rooms have contemporary and stylish furnishings, and the service is renowned for being hyper-attentive. The Michelin star-rated restaurant serving high-quality Mediterranean fare in the grand dining room is very impressive. See More

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    • Hotel Triton San Francisco (Union Square) 140 rooms from £140

      Local exploring  -  Set beside Union Square the city's best shops, the Financial District and Chinatown are all on the doorstep
      City Style  -  Designed with Sweden's concept of hygge in mind, rooms are stylish yet homely
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access

      A chic central hotel designed with hygge in mind. Rooms and suites are decorated in pastel hues with contemporary art and luxury bathrooms. A French bistro serves up high-quality fare and there is even a gelato bar on site. A convenient city base. See More

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Written by Katie Harris

posted Monday, 17th August 2020